Does the Price of Watermelons Matter? Economic Performance and Political Legitimacy in the Islamic Republic of Iran – by A. Nicholas Gossen

Despite Ayatollah Khomeini’s famous comment that the Iranian revolution was “not about the price of watermelons,” the Islamic Republic of Iran was in part founded on economic promises of redistribution, equality, and justice. The strength of this rhetoric has formed a core basis of political support for the regime, but it has also established public expectations that the Islamic Republic has been chronically unable to meet.

Nicholas Gossen , Fletcher MALD 2007, is a second-year student concentrating in International Business Relations and Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilizations. He spent the summer of 2007 working for Fletcher’s SWAIC program in Baku with Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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